Dental Inlays & Onlays in Leesburg
Our dentists in Leesburg perform inlays and onlays, which are dental procedures used to restore a damaged or decayed tooth to its original condition, while also improving the strength of the teeth.
The procedure for inlays and onlays treatment requires one visit to the dentist. The dentist will numb the area with local anesthesia for treatment. Any damage or decay on the tooth is removed by drilling to clean and prepare the surface for dental inlay or onlay. The dentist then uses the CEREC to take digital impressions of your tooth. The CEREC machine then mills you the perfect inlay which is then placed the same day as your procedure.
While an inlay fits inside the grooves within the cusp of the teeth, an onlay is bigger, fitting within the grooves and also covering the cusp. Your inlay or onlay can be handcrafted in porcelain or a composite resin material. However, the dentist in Leesburg recommends porcelain restorations because they are a perfect match with the existing tooth. Porcelain also offers a completely natural look. Find out, if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Which material is good for inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are typically made up of highly resilient materials which function to preserve your teeth. The materials that are used for inlays and onlays include porcelain or composite resins. Discuss your options with our experts in Leesburg to find the best solution for you.
How long does the inlays and onlays procedure take?
The length of the procedure completely depends on the tooth decay. The average treatment takes about an hour but can last up to three hours if you have more tooth decay. Additionally, it takes a small amount of time to mill and craft your restoration using our CEREC.
How long does the inlay or onlay last?
Similar to a dental crown, the longevity of an inlay and onlay depends on the patient’s oral hygiene. Porcelain inlays and onlays can last up to 15 years.
What precautions should I take after an inlay or onlay treatment?
Depending on your case, the dentist may recommend avoiding eating solid foods for the first few days and suggest a liquid diet instead. You should also avoid eating anything sticky like gum or candy that can pull on the healing teeth.
What to expect after the inlay or onlay treatment?
Patients may experience mild discomfort for the first few days following the procedure. The surface of the new tooth might also feel unusual. For any discomfort, the dentist will recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate the symptoms.
An inlay or onlay can be used for a large cavity, especially in cases where the tooth is missing on one side, broken, or where previous fillings have failed. They are good options for patients who are looking for a durable and natural solution to their damaged tooth. Our dentists in Leesburg recommend the procedure for patients trying to save a tooth before a full crown is needed.
Since the procedure does not involve removing the structure of the healthy tooth, it is considered as a minimally invasive aesthetic dentistry treatment. After creating the inlays and onlays in the office, our dentists will mount and tie them to the damaged tooth. These are used when regular fillings are not suitable for restoring a damaged tooth to function.
Our dentists at the Cardinal Park Family Dental Care in Leesburg are committed to implementing this minimally invasive approach. Inlays and onlays are ideal alternatives to plastic fillings as they are long-lasting. Both options, as well as partial crowns, can be made of different materials like porcelain. We recommend porcelain restorations in our practice due to their good fit, aesthetics, and compatibility with the surrounding teeth.
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Whether you have lost a filling or have tooth decay, we will work with you to make the right choice for your dental health. Visit our dental office in Leesburg or call us for further information on our at 703-779-2296. You can also fill out our contact form for more details.